Following a dramatic third day at Royal Birkdale which saw Branden Grace shoot himself into the history books by carding the first ever 62, golf’s ‘Golden Child’, Jordan Spieth, is one step closer to claiming his first British Open after taking the Championship by the scruff of the neck.
Spieth was in the zone from the off, consistently (and somewhat annoyingly) hitting fairway-green-fairway-green all day.
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 22, 2017
The 23 year-old showed poise and composure (and outdoing all of us on the maturity scales as usual) to keep nearest challenger Matt Kuchar at clubs length and while it’s going to be difficult to knock him off his perch when he’s in that form there are a few contenders that we feel are in a good spot to take a charge up the leaderboard today.
Our traders have looked at the best value bets for the final day so kick back, move the kettle into the sitting room and book yourself in for a 6 hour pampering session in front of the TV.
Noren’s ball striking has been red hot all week, but his putter has been as ice cold as Theresa May.
Putting stats for the top 4 on the leaderboard vs Noren:
Spieth 82 putts
Kuchar 83 putts
Connelly 78 putts
Koepka 78 putts
Noren 93 putts
If he can sink a few today we believe he’ll go well and a top 5 finish at 14/1 is very tempting.
While golf’s potentially most underrated player hasn’t quite got on his A-Game in relation to his tee to green stats, he has putted nicely (83 putts) all week.
If his ball striking figures can return to the mean, he’ll surely post a low number on Sunday and at 35/1 to win he’s definitely worth a punt.
Rickie and the Open Championship are as the perfect a fit as that orange hat he love so much.
He‘s flown somewhat under the radar for the first two days, but an impressive 67 on his third round puts him into a tie for 15th.
We reckon the trend will continue and Rickie will log another top 10 finish at 15/8.
DJ was off the boil Thursday & Friday,but produced a sparkling 64 in Saturday’s calmer conditions. He looks to have control again with his booming driver and that means he can put himself in spots to attack pins.
Expect another mid-60 round from the world number 1 today which should put him in prime position for a top 5 finish at 21/10.
* All prices correct at time of posting.